Many Penge & Cator residents still have fond memories of the Arts centre that Bromley used to run at the Studio by Beckenham Spa. We are frequently asked for updates on progress towards it re-opening. (See previous posts for background.) We asked for a further update at last week’s council meeting:
The Agreement to Lease 28 Beckenham Road Beckenham (previously known as “The Studio”) was entered into with CitygateChurchon 3rd November 2011. Citygate’s contractor took possession of the property soon after to commence the repair and refurbishment work. Under the Agreement, Citygate has 1 year in which to complete “Phase 1” of the “Works” and serve notice on the Council to complete the Lease. “Phase 1” includes: external works, renewal of services (electrical, heating including boiler replacement, alarms, water and media), installation of steelwork and other alterations, asbestos removal, plaster renewals and redecoration to some ground floor rooms and one first floor room to enable the building to partially reopen. The main works undertaken to date include: renewal of flat roof, eradication of rot and renewal of some roof timbers, installation of steel beams and removal of masonry walls, new partitioning and ceilings, some electrical work, boiler strip out, some window renovation and other external work. The contractor is programming to complete all work by the end of the summer with the exception of the internal decoration. It is understood this will be undertaken by the church members.